IT WAS both a nerve-wracking and inspiring time for school leavers across the state Wednesday night and yesterday morning as the first of the main round offers were released online.
More than 55,000 main round offers were released online yesterday morning and posted out to students yesterday, following more than 16,000 early round offers already made by universities.
On the whole, more than 70,000 students from across New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory will receive an offer to study at university this year - an extra 945 students and an increase of 1.4% on last year's offers.
Seventeen-year-old Kimberly Thompson, of Clunes, graduated from Kadina High School last year , and yesterday morning got a wonderful surprise when she checked her emails - she'd received an offer for her first preference course: Bachelor of Arts at the University of Queensland.
"I cried - I didn't think I would get in," she said.
"It was my first option and I really didn't think I was going to get it," she said.
Kimberly said she hoped to do a semester or two of the Arts before transferring to a Law degree.
Her friend Kurt Spargo, 17, of Goonellabah, was there to celebrate with her, and will be there as they tackle university together this year, as he'd received an early entry offer in November.
Halfway through his HSC exams, he found out he'd been accepted into his own dream course - a Bachelor of Arts in Languages and Linguistics, with a Japanese major and a Chinese minor at Griffith University in Brisbane.
"It was just amazing; I had all this stress and then it just disappeared," he said.
"It certainly took the pressure off the HSC."
Kurt said his dream job would be working overseas as an interpreter, before preferably doing subtitles on SBS films.
Both Kimberly and Kurt will be moving to Brisbane in the coming weeks - Kurt hopefully into a campus college and Kimberly into a house with other friends making the move from Lismore to Brisbane.
"I'm looking forward to the new experiences," Kimberly said.
- Late Round offers are released at 9pm on January 30
- Highest cut off at SCU in 2013: Bachelor of Midwifery - 94.00
- Law, Business, Commerce and Science courses popular state-wide this year
Facts: University Admissions Centre